“To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.” —Anne Rice
And Way Too Many Answers
Hermione in the Harry Potter series reminds me of my young self, although I was never cute. I was a skinny, freckle-faced brat with unkempt hair. But like Hermione, I knew the answers to all the questions, and my hand was always up when one was asked – unless I forgot to raise my hand and just blurted out the answer.
The questions back then, however, were easy. What is 12 plus 12? Who is known as the Father of our Country? What year did Columbus discover America? Of course that was back before I realized America had been discovered long before Columbus set foot upon its land.
My brain, until I hit my 30s, was full of facts and all the right answers. OK, I admit, I’m a late bloomer.
But once I started questioning the answers, I quickly went from being a know-it-all to quite confused. I became a wonderer, full of questions that seldom had just one answer, and sometimes even no answers.
Why don’t we learn from history? Which is the right path to take? Is it better to protect the environment or provide jobs so people can feed their children? New questions pop into my head daily. Dang it!
I suspect I’m still going to be asking questions on my death bed. But isn’t it interesting how one can go from being a know-it-all to a know-nothing. Logically, it seems it should be the other way around.
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